Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III: Comparative by Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard

By Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki used to be a key determine within the creation of Buddhism to the non-Asian global. Many outdoor Japan encountered Buddhism for the 1st time via his writings and instructing, and for almost a century his paintings and legacy have contributed to the continuing spiritual and cultural interchange among Japan and the remainder of the area, really the USA and Europe. This 3rd quantity of Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki brings jointly a various choice of Suzuki’s letters, essays, and lectures approximately non-Buddhist religions and his concepts on their relation to Buddhism, in addition to his reflections at the nature of faith itself. a few of these writings were translated into English for the 1st time during this quantity. As a long term resident of the USA, a global visitor, and a voracious buyer of knowledge approximately all types of faith, Suzuki was once one of many premiere eastern mediators of japanese and Western non secular cultures for almost seven many years. An advent by way of Jeff Wilson and Tomoe Moriya analyzes Suzuki’s widespread encounters with texts and practitioners of many faiths, considers how occasions in Suzuki’s lifetime affected his interpretations of Christianity, Shinto, and different traditions, and demonstrates that his legacy as a pupil extends way past Buddhism.

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Relation of Religion and Science 12. Relation of Religion and Morality 13. Relation of Religion and Education 14. Religion and Social Issues 15. Relation of Religion and State 16. Religion and Home 3 4 Shin shūkyō ron As was common with Japanese Buddhist intellectuals in the Meiji period (1868–1912), Shin shūkyō ron shows clear influence of exposure to nineteenth-century European philosophy, which Suzuki critically absorbed from his studies at Tokyo Imperial University. His modernist and transnationally connected Zen teacher Sōen and his own developing international connection with Paul Carus, whose “science of religion” approach is clearly present here, also strongly impacted this document.

First, let us examine this from a theist point of view. Looking out, we can find the sun, moon, constellations in the sky, and large and small [planets] shining luminously. The moon is revolving around the Earth, the Earth circling around the sun, and the sun orbiting another sun, whose repeated Shin shūkyō ron 15 circulations never stop. Although [the trajectories of celestial objects] appear complicated and to intersect with one another, a close observation reveals that each object follows its orbital path without leaving it.

Everything is impermanent; all existences repeat life and death. This is why the human mind cannot find peace in the vicissitudinous nature of this world and, therefore, earnestly yearns for something permanent and unchanging. Meanwhile, good is [antithetically coupled with] evil, pros [with] cons, this [with] that; and owing to an object, [one’s] mind finds itself [reacting to that object], and because the mind [searches for] the object, the object [is perceived as] existing. Power does not exist without substances, while substances cannot exist without power.

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